About the Interventional Cardiologists at Munroe Heart

Munroe Heart features renowned interventional cardiologists who operate exclusively at Munroe Hospital in Ocala, Florida. Featuring four state of the art catheterization labs, these interventional cardiologists performed 18,627 procedures in 2007. Each interventional cardiologist is board certified in interventional cardiology and brings a unique specialization to Munroe Heart.

Meet the Munroe Heart Interventional Cardiologists

Robert Feldman, M.D.

Dr. Feldman is the founding director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Munroe. He has been practicing at Munroe since the catheterization labs opened in 1988. He received his medical degree from Rutgers University Medical School and completed his internship, residency and fellowship at University of Florida College of Medicine. He continued on staff as head of the interventional cardiology program at the University of Florida College of Medicine for 10 years. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, Subspecialty-Cardiovascular Disease, a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and Society of Cardiac Angiography and Interventions. Dr. Feldman is also a member of the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation and has written more than 150 publications.

He is certified in the subspecialty of interventional cardiology and in vascular medicine. Dr. Feldman specializes in all coronary, renal and peripheral diagnostics and interventions offered at Munroe and has a specific interest in the carotid arteries. His peers consider him a world leader in using catheterization technology to correct blocked carotid arteries.

John Bittl, M.D.

Dr. Bittl obtained his M.D. degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. He completed his internship and residency at UCLA Hospital in Los Angeles and he completed a fellowship in cardiology at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. He was formerly an associate professor of medicine on the faculty of Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Bittl has had privileges at Munroe since 1997 and is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, interventional cardiology, and endovascular procedures. He performs all coronary, renal and peripheral diagnostics and interventions offered at Munroe. Dr. Bittl has published more than 150 original reports and reviews in medical journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine and Circulation on topics of angioplasty and anticoagulants.

Richard Han, M.D.

Dr. Han graduated with his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine where he received the Dr. Spencer Morris Prize, which is the highest honor awarded to a member of the medical school's graduating class. He completed his internal medicine internship and residency at Brigham and Woman's Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Han did his clinical and research fellowship in cardiology, as well as his fellowship in interventional cardiology, at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Han is a member of the Florida Medical Society, Paul Dudley White Society and the American College of Cardiology.

He has had privileges at Munroe since 2000. Dr. Han is board certified in interventional cardiology and performs all coronary, renal and peripheral diagnostics and interventions offered at Munroe. Dr. Han also specializes in structural problems with the heart and is one of only a few interventional cardiologists in this region trained to correct atrial septal defect (ASD) and patent foramen ovale (PFO), which are holes in the heart wall.

Edward Santoian, M.D.

Dr. Santoian joined the staff of Dr. Robert Feldman at Munroe Regional Medical Center in January 2005. Prior to coming to Ocala, he was a partner of the Orlando Heart Center, where he had a busy interventional cardiology practice. Dr. Santoian graduated cum laude from Fairleigh Dickinson University with degrees in biology and chemistry. He then went to Georgetown University where he completed his M.D. and also earned his Ph.D., in cardiovascular physiology. He remained at Georgetown for his internship, as well as his residency and fellowship in cardiology. Dr. Santoian then completed his training with a fellowship in interventional cardiology at Emory University's world-renowned center of interventional cardiology.

He is a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Internal Medicine. In addition, he is a Fellow with the American College of Cardiology and the Society of Cardiac Angiography and Interventions. He performs all coronary, renal and peripheral diagnostic procedures and coronary interventions available at Munroe.

Gregory O. von Mering, MD, FACP, FACC

Dr. von Mering earned his BA and MD from the University of Florida. He also completed his internal medicine residency, cardiovascular medicine fellowship and interventional cardiology fellowship at the University Of Florida College Of Medicine. He received advanced training in peripheral vascular intervention at Massachusetts General Hospital. From 2003 to 2006, he served as assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Florida. In 2005, Dr. von Mering was named director of the Shands Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at the University of Florida. In 2006, he was named teacher of the year for the University Of Florida Division Of Cardiovascular Medicine.

Dr. von Mering has been practicing at Munroe since 2006. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular medicine, interventional cardiology and endovascular medicine. He performs all types of catheter based coronary and peripheral vascular diagnostic and interventional procedures at Munroe Regional Medical Center.

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